Introduction The Other Night

Herschel Farbman

in The Other Night

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228652
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235780 | DOI:
Introduction The Other Night

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This chapter introduces the division of the night in two, the concepts of the “the other night”, the heart of the night, the space of dreams, restlessness, and the writing of dreams. The chapter argues that there is no possibility of sleep in the “other night”of the dream, and thus the resistance to sleep that it represents cannot be confused with the waking state in which people spend their days. That state is defined in opposition to the state of sleep. Complete sleep would be death. The impossibility of complete sleep thus defines sleep in opposition to death, which it closely resembles. The discussion looks into the night of the heart that wakes in the songs of the troubadours and the night that Don Quixote descends into a cave that Cervantes locates in the heart of La Mancha.

Keywords: night; the other night; sleep; dreams; heart; Cervantes; Don Quixote; La Mancha; troubadour

Chapter.  9131 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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